December 16th-19th 2011 :: Theme: Alone

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by newton64 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This game, as mentioned below, has some trouble running on many computers. If you're getting .dll errors, try erasing the msvcr100.dll file I included, and installing the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 redistributable: That may only work in 50% of cases, but...fingers crossed, right?

I've compiled a new version using the Qt library for networking, instead of some random code found on the internet for scanning wireless SSIDs. The new version is available here:
As mentioned in the README, I'm not sure if this can be considered valid for the competition. The changes were minimal, and in the back end, and the game is functionally identical to the original submission; however, it was done post-deadline. Let me know if it goes against the rules, and I will remove the link.

In any case, Linux version on its way soon.


The game has been tested on Windows 7, but as with any good last-minute entry, it doesn't seem to play nice on anything other than the developer's PC. If the game doesn't run at all, or forces you to quit for not having your wireless card turned on, I apologise. Working on that presently. Do mention in the comments if you've had any errors, and provide things like error messages, and OS version.

Oh, and do play this on a laptop. Like, you pretty much have to. And wear mittens.

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Per says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 12:16pm

It crashes for me. Complains about MSVCR100.dll.
Translation from Swedish error message: "Not designed for windows or contains an error"

iFred_QC says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 2:18pm

Well, it did work perfectly here. But with the dozens of wireless connexions around, I'm totally not alone. The sounds were all made during this weekend? They were impressive if so!

Giving you good score for sound that's for sure!

namrog84 says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:42pm

If the game doesn't run at all, or forces you to quit for not having your wireless card turned on.

didnt play for me. I'll skip vote, but fix! or at least provide a youtube of gameplay, so we can see how it plays what it is

namrog84 says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:43pm

oh, p.s. I don't have a laptop and I don't have wireless on my desktop. win 7 64 bit

Per says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 11:45am

I got this running after replacing msvcr100.dll with my own. Is there some kind of possible input to this game? I only get some kind of animation with sound that seem to depend on the current wireless networks found in the vicinity.

newton64 says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 8:47pm

Oh wow, sorry folks, didn't see the comments at first.

As for the not working: yeah, I'm getting that a lot. I have a feeling the version of MSVCR100.dll I included isn't really all that general-purpose; nor is the WiFi code I stole (I included the URL!) to list the wireless SSIDs.

I can only assure you that I'm working on a fix. Networking is not my strong point, so I hope you'll be patient.

iFred_QC: The sounds were mostly taken from If you check in the credits.txt file, I list the attributions for most. The news[1-4].ogg files are mixes of two sound files each, with news4.ogg including my own sexy, sexy radio voice.

Per: Thanks for the info about the .dll, I'll see if I can find the proper one to distribute with the game! Or I can just link to the distributable. Also: You're seeing the game exactly as it should be. There's no input via the mouse and keyboard, per se...

bzizizi says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 9:57pm

So not have wireless, but sounds like a innovative idea!

lorancou says ...
Dec 27, 2011 @ 5:52pm

I'm playing on a WinXP laptop, and the game says my wireless is disabled and quits. I thought this might be because I'm using an Intel driver, so I tried switching to the regular Windows one, but nope. Too bad, this sounded interesting :-/

Hazard says ...
Dec 30, 2011 @ 10:03am

Taking sounds from websites isn't allowed by 48 Hour Compo rules...

Mjiig says ...
Dec 30, 2011 @ 10:13am

This is a cool idea, but there's WiFi available more or less everywhere in my house (though irritatingly, my wifi isn't available everywhere in my house...), so I couldn't really play it properly. It would have been neat to allow the user to cheat by turning off their WiFi, since it lets people play around with it without having to go out of their way to much.

newton64 says ...
Dec 30, 2011 @ 11:11pm

@Mjiig As a matter of fact, the intent was to actually make people take their laptops outdoors and sort of...wander the city in search of an oasis (ha!) of zero-wifi availability. Not entirely practical, of course...I felt a bit odd wandering around Montreal at night with my laptop out looking for spots...

Anyway, that's why there's actual code to check if someone has turned off their wireless adapter (although the code unfortunately gives false positives on some systems): it forces people to actually go outside.

AyCe says ...
Jan 5, 2012 @ 2:18pm

Doesn't work on windows vista 32bit: Not designed for Windows or error... :(

Jan 8, 2012 @ 3:00pm

The sounds were nice... couldn't play though :(

Andrew says ...
Jan 9, 2012 @ 11:53am

It died on me for not having wifi :(
Also I thought the name meant something totally different when I saw the screenshot.

code_glitch says ...
Jan 9, 2012 @ 10:52pm

Its a shame I can't run this, fault of no windows... Shame I'm not allowed to rate unrunnable entries - this one had one of the best concepts!

rawbits says ...
Jan 10, 2012 @ 1:15am

It crashed Win7 soo badly I will never ever run anything from you!

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